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Marlee's Top Five 2017 TFF Films & Event Picks SH2_8481-300dpi  TFF 2016 closing Rachel and Marlee

This year's Tacoma Film Festival programming is off the chain! Our stellar Film Festival Director/Programmer, Laura, selected the best of the best of the best films from the nearly 1800 film submissions we had this year! Every year, I am completely blown away by the talent of the filmmakers who submitted films, both local and beyond, and this year is no different!

Movie Review: The Void the-void

On April 22 at 11 PM, your weekly late-night cinephile infusion, Weird Elephant at the Grand Cinema, brings you The Void. Read a full review from our intern, Chase. 

Movie Review: Land of Mine land of mine facebook-share-img

It is a poetic irony that a film can be so visually stunning, powerfully written, wonderfully acted, masterfully directed, and at the same time hard to look at. Land of Mine achieves just that as it tells the story of young German POWs who are tasked with removing thousands of mines with nothing more than their bare hands.

Read on for a full review from our marketing intern Chase. 

Moonlight Review moonlight_still_720

Moonlight is nominated for eight Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Director, Best Original Music Score and Writing Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography and Film Editing. It has also already won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama as well as a slew of other awards in 2016.

Read on to see what Grand house manager, Courtney has to say about this immersive drama.

20th Century Women Review 20th-century-women-mike-mills-1000x520

20th Century Women is a vibrant and exceptionally perceptive new dramatic comedy that explores the maternal efforts of Dorothea Fields, a single mother in her mid-50s, who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, during a time of dramatic cultural changes and rebellion. This piercingly honest and witty coming of age story examines multiple generations of women as they navigate through and come to terms with themes of love, freedom, identity, and relationships.

Lion Movie Review Lion quote 3

Holding true to it’s name, Lion roars with fervent emotion and heart-tugging performances retelling the true story of a young man named Saroo Brierley and his relentless search for the home and family he was accidentally separated from as a child.

The Handmaiden Review the handmaiden still

Director Park Chan-Wook delivers in his latest film The Handmaiden, a transfixing crime drama that holds true to the filmmaker’s visionary take on bold and often brutal themes, while delivered with dark comedic undertones amidst unique and aesthetically enriching settings.

Start Halloween early with the terrifying UNDER THE SHADOW under-the-shadow-1

Much of the richness of Under the Shadow comes from its historical and Islamic inspiration – both a timeframe and culture I know very little about. My perspective (see ignorance) made the story even more compelling. I was deeply curious about all the characters, about their politics, about the War, and about their beliefs. Combining this with a threat whose motivation is tantalizingly unknowable made for a deeply satisfying scare-fest.

Florence Foster Jenkins Film Review Florence

Full of heart, humor and horrible singing Florence Foster Jenkins never makes a mockery of the famous (or infamous) woman who sold out Carnegie Hall at the age of 76. The film delicately presents the untalented yet aspiring Opera singer who genuinely loved music and had the resources to pursue her dreams in spite of many challenges.

Pete's Dragon Film Review Petes dragon stil

David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon is a warm, and sentimental palate cleanser that allowed me to laugh out loud, shed a tear, and carry on. With challenging, emotional, and weird films filling my brain lately (The Lobster, Free State of Jones, and Swiss Army Man) this re-imagining of the original 1977 live-action-animated-musical that I loved as a kid was gentle on my eyes, ears, and emotions.

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